|Budget: $40 million||Financed by: Working Title|
|Domestic Gross: $20,157,300||Domestic Distributor: Universal|
|Overseas Gross: $5,536,698||
Directed by: Ken Kwapis
Produced by: Steve Golin
The Universal owned Working Title financed Big Miracle for $40 million and Universal opened the pic in the US over Superbowl weekend trying to target females and Big Miracle did a less than stellar $7,760,205 in US theaters — placing #4 for the weekend behind new openers Chronicle and The Woman In Black and the holdover The Grey. The family film dropped 49.2% to $3,946,050 in its second frame, which needed a slight drop to offset the poor opening numbers. Big Miracle was likely hurt from the similarly themed Dolphin Tale that was released just a few months prior. To offset an expensive ad spend, Universal partnered with Burger King who tied the film into TV spots and had educational tie-ins at their locations. Nothing shouts blockbuster like educational promotional material covered in grease and the film closed with just $20,157,300 at the domestic box office. Universal would see back about $11 million after theaters take their percentage of the gross, leaving part of the P&A costs in the red and the theatrical gross wouldn’t put a dent in the budget. Universal put the film out overseas, where it pulled in a mere $5.5 million, grossing under $1 million in every market. Recorded domestic video sales were $10.9 million (less after resellers take their cut and manufacturing costs).